Fairhope Dental Implants
at Living Oaks
Tooth loss can occur for a number of reasons, and Living Oaks Dental offers implants that will restore your smile back to a healthy, natural-looking state. Custom implants are made to look just like your natural teeth, and they are a permanent solution that will keep your smile strong and restore your confidence.
Losing a tooth can take a toll on your confidence and overall health. At Living Oaks, we offer dental implants that can restore your smile in as little as two visits. The implants themselves will bond with your jaw and act exactly as a natural tooth would. With proper care and good oral hygiene, dental implants are a permanent solution. They do not negatively impact your bite or chewing strength and prevent other oral problems from arising.
Prevent Bone Resorption
Dental Implants & Bone Loss
Healthy teeth transmit a lot of pressure and force from biting, smiling and other daily actions through the roots of your teeth and into the gum tissue and jaw bone. When you lose a tooth, the pressure is longer transmitted to your underlying jaw tissue.
Without this pressure and force, the jaw tissue begins to deteriorate. Like any other part of your body, the jaw is kept strong and healthy by regular use. When a muscle becomes weaker due to lack of use, this starts the process of “resorption.” You usually lose up to 25% of bone mass beneath your missing tooth within a year after losing it, so it’s a good idea to get a dental implant as soon as you can to minimize bone loss.
Dental implants are permanently placed where your tooth root used to be, and they are bonded to the surrounding jaw tissue, which helps stimulate the underlying bone and prevents it from deteriorating. For this reason, dental implants are usually the best long-term option for replacing your teeth. While dental bridges and partial dentures are a reasonable replacement, they will not prevent bone loss.
Interested in Treatment?
Candidates for Dental Implants
There are a few different criteria patients must meet in order to be a good candidate for dental implants. First, you must have good overall oral health, and your mouth needs to be free of major issues like gum disease and tooth decay.
As a rule, you also need to have a healthy, strong jaw that can support an implant. In some cases, however, procedures like bone grafts and sinus lifts can be used to reinforce your jaw even if you have suffered from some bone loss. In addition, it’s recommended that you quit smoking before having a dental implant placed. Tobacco use can contribute to a much higher implant failure rate, so most dentists will only treat non-smokers with dental implants.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The cost of a dental implant can vary widely based on a number of different factors, such as the location of the implant and the type of implant-supported restoration you will receive, as well as additional preparatory surgeries like tooth extractions, sinus lifts, bone grafts, and alveoloplasty.
Because of this, it is difficult to provide an accurate cost estimate without more information about the specifics of your oral health. If you are interested in learning more and would like an estimate for a dental implant, contact Living Oaks Dental for a consultation in Fairhope.
If you think a dental implant is the right option to restore the alignment and well-being of your smile, give us a call at (251) 928-1645 to learn more. We have a variety of different implant treatments that may work for you, and we would love to chat with you about your dental health.
Post-Op Instructions for Dental Implants
Whether you’re looking to make a routine appointment or come in for a restorative procedure, you’ll be in good hands with Living Oaks Dental. Our skilled staff will take care of you from the moment you walk through our doors and long after. You’re a top priority for us, and we’ll provide every comfort along the way. Our office is warm and inviting, you’re welcome to come through any time we’re open. We look forward to meeting you!